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The users will likely need the information in differing orders depending on their current task. Your best option is to provide them with many different sort options that are clear and easy to select from. Also consider resetting to a common default after their session times out - returning to an awkward customized layout after a prolonged absence is often ...


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I would try this exercise. Take two of your items, and ask yourself which one is newer or more recent. Better yet, ask users! Which attribute was most important in making that decision: creation time or update time? Your example makes it sound like you are hoping to provide the user with easy access to most recently used files. In that case I would propose ...


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I agree with volker, it must be a single date. However I feel that instead of keeping it aligned with the first/start date you should keep it in the center (as you have shown in your own script). The only reason being that when the information records increase this will improve the readability as it effortlessly grabs the user's attention. Edit: Just add a ...


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The date should be shown only once, but aligned with the first date, but not show the dash indicating it's a range. I think showing the same date twice is very confusing, because the user does not only read the same date twice. After seeing what seems to be the same date twice, he would need to reread it to make sure he did not just misread. Then he needs ...


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Last edit and Updated are the shortest ones I can think of. It also depends how do you intend to display timestamp in rows bellow. "5h 25m 31s ago", "16:44 6th of November, 2014" etc...? If you really need to save space, your timestamp also needs to be very short. I think if your table heading says "updated" and row bellow says "3h 50m ago" users will ...


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Processing Date, or perhaps Process Date? "Last Active" might also work. I'm assuming you have another column indicating completeness?


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I don't like the "5 minutes ago" or "two months ago" convention at all. I can tolerate "5 minutes ago", but when a dozen posts are all "two months ago" I want to know more granular detail to determine who posted first. I'd much rather see a real date and a real time, adjusted to my time zone, which I can select when I register to the site. If that is not ...



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